Megan Hopkins

Peace Leader Camp – Day 7 – August 6th

Today we spent time closing our week together, thinking about what we want to take from our week growing as peace leaders back into our home communities.

We began our day with extra special Kids4Peace-only interest groups – led by our wonderful Counselors-in-Training! The CITs taught us how to become ninja masters, brush up on our handball skills, and Zumba around the world, just to name a few.

After lunch we spent some time relaxing together and being silly around our lodge, enjoying the last day together as a group. It was a hot one, so we were super glad to head down to the waterfront for a bit! We were able to go boating again today, one of our favorite activities!

Once we were all cooled off, we set off on a scavenger hunt throughout camp to search for the values we are going to take home with us. We were led to the smoothie bike, arts & crafts lodge, garden, activity center, everywhere! We then spent some time sharing with our Peace Pods what values are most important to us and what they mean to us individually. A lot of people discussed taking the values: healthy risks, perspective, empathy, creative solutions, and tolerance home with them.

We then spent some time preparing for the Celebration of Learning tomorrow. We are so excited to see you all and share how we have learned and grown this week with you!

To close our day, we came together around a campfire. Our Jewish friends lit the havdalah candle, signifying the end of Shabbat. We had some time for more questions before we moved into our closing festivities.

Our campfire was brought in via torches on canoe, thanks to our wonderful cooks! We shared what being a peace leader means to us, and lit the candles of those around us. The closing campfire was a reflective time for us all to come together and think about what we have learned and where we are going.

We are excited to see our families tomorrow at the Celebration of Learning and share even more about our wonderful week!

 To see the pictures from today, click here.

K4PB Camp 2016 – Day 6 – August 5

Today we were glad to all come together again after our grand adventures yesterday! We traded tales of our hikes, camping out, and making s’mores. Today began the weekend of sharing our traditional weekly faith practices together.

After settling back in at camp, we made challah together in preparation for Shabbat dinner. The campers enjoyed braiding their bread, learning about the tradition behind challah, and decorating their breads with cinnamon sugar, chocolate chips, and raisins! It was fun to play with our food!

We enjoyed a delicious lunch in the eating lodge with an especially long round of song challenges. We are doing a great job learning the camp songs and sing them passionately!

After lunch, we watched our Muslim friends make wudu and pray Jum’ah. It was a quiet time to pray for those of us who are Muslim and a quiet respectful time to observe for those of us who are not. Afterwards, we spent time asking questions and learning bout one another’s tradition.

We cooled off in the lake with a rousing game of water volleyball and some swimming to break up our afternoon. Our competitive sides really came out!

Once we cooled off, we shifted gears and spent some time returning to the ideas that we have worked so hard on all week. We participated in an activity where we were each given a new identity, faced with difficult circumstances and situations. We discussed the ways we could step into action in response to these circumstances, as the person with the identity or as a bystander. We thought about the needs we see most clearly in our communities, and the ways that our voices can be heard best.

Before dinner, our Jewish friends lit the Shabbat candles and did the Kiddush, while we respectively observed. Over a delicious Shabbat meal we asked questions and learned about our Jewish friends’ practices.

After dinner we had a ton of fun sharing our talents with our Kids4Peace community during our talent show. With a Hamilton rap, a motivational positive speech, magic tricks, Hebrew tongue twisters, soybutter and jelly silly hands, gymnastic tricks, and telekinesis, we were laughing the whole time!

We are all excited to head to bed early tonight after our long day today, and are looking forward to our special Kids4Peace interest groups tomorrow!

To see more of the fun we had, view the pictures from today here!